Advanced Mental Training to Maximise your Success

2009 World Memory Championships – the result

The 2009 World Memory Championships have finished.  It was an exciting three days of competition, with some new world records being set and great performances from many new names.  Here are the results:

1 Ben Pridmore
2 Johannes Mallow
3 Simon Reinhard

4 Dr. Gunther Karsten
5 Wang Feng
6 Su Ruiqiao
7 Cornelia Beddies
8 Boris Konrad
9 Guo Chuanwei
10 Yuan Wenkui

Congratulations to Ben Pridmore for successfully defending his 2008 title.  Dorothea Seitz is the Junior World Champion.  It has been announced that next year the World Memory Championships will be held in China.

Interview with World Memory Champion

The current World Memory Champion, Ben Pridmore, is interviewed as he attempts to retain his title at the 2009 World Memory Championships.

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If you would like to train your memory, then the Mind Maximizer course is for you.

WMC 2009 – New World Record: Abstract Images

Dr. Gunther Carsten has just set the first new World Record of the 2009 World Memory Championships…

Event: Abstract Images
Record: 318 Abstract Images in 15 minutes

During the World Memory Championships there are a series of events testing different memory skills.  Some involve memorising numbers, playing cards, numbers, events or names and faces.  This event was memorising abstract images.  Competitors are given 15 minutes to memorise as many of the provided abstract images as possible.  They then have 45 minutes to recall them.

Gunther managed to correctly memorise 318 abstract images in the 15 minutes.

This is a great start to the World Memory Championships and puts Gunther into first place at this stage.

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If you would like to train your memory, then the Mind Maximizer course is for you.

World Memory Championships 2009

The World Memory Championships for 2009 have started today. It is being held in London and has the largest prize purse in the history of the event – $92,000.  It us running from Thursday 12th November through to Saturday 14th November.

My friend and business associate, Dominic O’Brien, is at the event as one of the event organisers.  Dominic has been World Memory Champion eight times and now dedicates himself to helping others improve their memory.  Dominic will be giving me news during the event, which I will post here.

The official website for the event is here:  World Memory Championships

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If you would like to train your memory, then the Mind Maximizer course is for you.

The Cost of Stress

What are companies doing to reduce the stress burden on employees? More than 13 million work days are lost in the UK due to stress related illness.  How many organisations are creating a brain friendly work environment which helps to reduce stress?

This is not just about taking time out or playing ping-pong at lunch, though both of those help.  This is about companies creating work practices and environments which help employees keep at optimal performance.  Stress management programmes.

From the BBC:

“The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)  said the cost of work related mental illness was £28bn – a quarter of the UK’s total sick bill.”

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Brain training the military

The future of military might may not just be in bigger and better hardware of warfare, but in fitter and faster brains of military personnel.

The Brain Training Company is at the cutting edge of mental fitness training.  What was seen ten years ago as kooky executive training or fringe athletic training to achieve the mental edge, may now become a mainstream component of military training.

It is demonstrably possible to improve someone’s mental fitness; be that to increase IQ, manage stress better, enhance levels of focus and concentration when under pressure, or learning information at a greatly increased speed.  The foundation of this at The Brain Training Company is brainwave training.  Developing the ability to consciously control brainwave activity.  From this there are knock on benefits, such as greater neural connectivity and increased blood flow to the brain.

For military personnel this is a critical step in improving personal performancefaster and better decision making when under pressure.

This article from Wired.com looks at this topic:

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Synchronized Brain Waves Focus Our Attention

For many years now, the courses of The Brain Training Company have promoted the importance of cerebral balance and synchrony between the two hemispheres.  Clients have gone on to show enhanced personal performance; be that in the classroom, boardroom or in sport.  This is an interesting article looking at the significance of synchronized brainwave activity and its role in mental focus and attention.

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USA National Sporting Clays Champion: Gebben Miles

Hot off the Press:

Congratulations to Gebben Miles, who has just become the 2009 USA National Sporting Clays Champion.  It was a tight finish going to a shoot-off.  However Gebben maintained his mental focus and concentration to take the title.

Apart from being such a talented shooter, Gebben will be a wonderful ambassador for shotgun sports as the 2009 National Champion.

“Henry, I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me and the level of care you have. You are an awesome person and thank you for being a part of my National Championship!!”

“Henry helped me develop a powerful pre-shot mental routine. He has been like a dependable friend looking after my mental game. I learnt how to control my mental states for strong focus and concentration, regardless of the pressure.”

– Gebben Miles. USA National Champion 2009

Rise in youth hyperactivity prescriptions

Extract from the Independent:

The number of prescriptions for drugs to treat hyperactivity in children is on the rise, figures suggested today.

…Data obtained by the Conservatives found more than 420,000 prescriptions were written for under-16s in 2007 – up 33 per cent on 2005 figures. More than 40,000 prescriptions were also written for 16 to 18 year-olds, up 51 per cent since 2005.

In 2007, the NHS spent more than £17 million on the drugs….

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study shows exercise improves brain power

Physical exercise is usually associated with improved physical fitness.  However now there is proof that exercise will improve your mental fitness as well.

A recent study at the University of Calgary has show that those people who participate in light exercise are mentally fitter than those who do not exercise. The study was published in the journal, “Neurobiology of Aging”, and finds that physical fitness helps improve brain function because physical exercise benefits blood flow in the brain and, as a result, aids cognitive abilities.

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